2. The Boy Who Trapped The Sun ~ or real name Colin MacLeod is acoustic / singer-songwriter who caught my attention while linking to Ryan Adams and Matt Nathanson. I like his stories ~ I suggest sitting back and closing your eyes and just listen ~ go ahead ~ stream his songs @ his MySpace Page.
3. Laura Marling ~ a British acoustic-folk artist who is also a killer on her guitar. Her voice is heavenly with just the right amount of grit to tell that "down to earth" story. Man, it would be cool to have she and Bob Dylan collaborate. Here's some song samples:
My Manic & I
You're No God